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Marcia Smith


Marcia Smith is president and co-founder of Firelight Media, an award-winning non-profit film organization, and principal of Firelight Films, a documentary film production dedicated to nurturing projects by emerging independent filmmakers and impact producers of color. With a record-breaking eight films premiering at Sundance, and winner of several major awards--Primetime Emmys, Peabody, DuPont, and the International Documentary Association (IDA) Awards,--Firelight produced Stanley Nelson’s critically acclaimed The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution; Freedom Summer (2014); Freedom Riders (2011); Wounded Knee; Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple; Sweet Honey in the Rock:  Raise Your Voice; A Place of Our Own; and Beyond Brown.

Smith wrote or produced several Firelight documentaries, including the film O.J. Simpson:  A Study in Black and White for HBO, and the hour-length report High Stakes for CNN.  She was honored by the Writers’ Guild in 2003 for Best Documentary writing and nominated for a Primetime Emmy for The Murder of Emmett Till.  In 2005, she received the Trailblazer Award from the African American women’s film organization, Reel Sisters of the Diaspora.

Films produced by Firelight Media

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the RevolutionFreedom SummerJesse Owens
Freedom RidersBeyond Brown: Pursuing the PromiseThe Murder of Emmett Till